Scotts Valley, CA - March 17, 1997 - Fractal Design Corporation (NASDAQ: FRAC) today announced Fractal Design Poser™ 2 for Windows is shipping. Poser 2 is a 3D modeling and rendering application that lets users create an infinite variety of body figures which can be posed, rendered with surface textures and multiple lights, and easily incorporated into still or moving designs. Poser 2 is a significant upgrade that adds animation, new characters with clothing, the ability to add props, the ability to substitute 3D models for body parts, and powerful import/export capabilities. Poser 2 is designed to work well with 2D and 3D design applications such as Fractal Design Painter™, Ray Dream Studio™, Fractal Design Detailer™, and many others.
Poser 2 includes a collection of professional figure models specially commissioned from Viewpoint Datalabs™. These new models are supplied in both low and high resolution geometries, and dramatically improve the quality of 2D and 3D output. Included are male and female nude, casually clothed and in business wear, adolescent casually clothed and unclothed, and male and female skeletons.
"We really pulled out all the stops for this Poser upgrade," said Dan Prochazka, Poser product manager. "Every top user request -- animation, high-resolution models, better import/export features -- is there. And our new swappable geometry feature lets users literally create any figure they can imagine," he said.
For any model, individual body parts, such as arms, legs, head and torso, can be adjusted in size and dimension with simple, intuitive tools. Poser 2 even lets users replace body parts with imported 3D objects, giving designers the ability to literally transform human models into any "being" they desire. Users can enliven their Poser scenes by importing any 3D model as a prop, and objects such as wigs and rings can be linked to body parts, so they move together. Once a Poser model has been shaped, multiple light sources, as well as bump and texture maps can be applied to create compelling rendered models.
Originally designed to help graphic designers and illustrators accurately draw the human form, Poser 2 now appeals to a broader audience with its powerful animation capabilities. Combining keyframe animation and Inverse Kinematics, Poser 2 makes creating lifelike motion easy. Simply set the beginning and ending keyframes and Poser 2 interpolates all the in-between movement. Animations can be saved as QuickTime™ or AVI movies with masking information, for easy compositing with other digital video material.
Price and Availability (U.S. and Canada)
Fractal Design Poser 2 for Windows 95 or Windows NT is available now for a suggested retail price of $249. Current Poser customers can upgrade for $69. Customers who purchased Poser after October 1, 1996 will be entitled to a free upgrade to Poser 2, paying shipping and handling only. Customers can call (800) 846-0111 for more information.